Isaiah 9:6-7 (AMP)
6 For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given; And the government shall be upon His shoulder, And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Christmas, that’s the first thing that comes to my mind and the minds of many when we hear this scripture. Today we look at this scripture in reference of what not to forget after an election. This week we have reminded ourselves of several things. First that our God is sovereign, we also learned that we are citizens in heaven and while here on earth we are on a mission. Yesterday we talked about our leaders and how we are to relate to them and today we are here talking about being a peace maker. One of the things prophesied about Jesus our messiah the one whose image we are all being conformed to by the Holy Spirit is that He is the prince of peace. One of the greatest sermons Jesus ever preached is recorded in the book of Matthew and one of the things He talks about is peace and peacemakers.
Matthew 5:9 (AMP)
9 “Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favor] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God.
Two things jump out to me; makers of peace and maintainers of peace. A I a peace maker wherever I go or am I the individual who is always stirring up trouble?
Am I a peace maintainer or am I the one who allows the enemy to use me to stir up trouble?
As a believer in Kenya today you have to remind yourself that you are a peace maker and a peace maintainer. The Jesus whom we proclaim is the prince of peace. As peace makers we will sometimes do things that make no sense like loving our enemies and blessing those who hate us forgiving those who persecute and take advantage of us and displaying godly wisdom that comes from above.
Proverbs 6:16-19 (AMP)
16 These six things the LORD hates; Indeed, seven are repulsive to Him: 17 A proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others], a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that creates wicked plans, Feet that run swiftly to evil, 19 A false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths], And one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers.
All the things mentioned in the above scripture are things that do not promote peace and unity, no wonder they are repulsive to God. Have you looked at others and thought your group is better than them? Have you been spreading lies and unfounded stories during this election season to make the other side look bad? Have you shed innocent blood? Have you spread discord and rumors among brothers? The Lord detests these things. He has called us out to be peace makers and maintainers of peace, remember the Jesus we preach is the prince of peace!